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Old 01-29-2013, 12:43 AM   #11
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Being my first ever brew I'm not sure what to taste to know if its ready.

It was at FG at 8 days when I racked it and and it tasted pretty good, just a little watery...

I guess I'm wondering if it will improve if I keep it in the secondary for 3 weeks vs 2?

The kit said to keep it in the secondary for 2-3 weeks...

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:56 AM   #12
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Being my first ever brew I'm not sure what to taste to know if its ready.

It was at FG at 8 days when I racked it and and it tasted pretty good, just a little watery...

I guess I'm wondering if it will improve if I keep it in the secondary for 3 weeks vs 2?

The kit said to keep it in the secondary for 2-3 weeks...
A good rule of thumb is that if it tastes like good, albeit flat beer then it will always improve conditioned and carbonated!

IMO if the beer tastes good and is done fermenting and has cleared then package it and allow it to condition and carbonate. After a couple a few weeks give one a taste.
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:06 AM   #13
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7 days is what i dry hopped my Imperial IPA and it was damm near perfect hop flavored. I had my hops in a bag but no bag works too

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Old 01-29-2013, 02:42 AM   #14
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Being my first ever brew I'm not sure what to taste to know if its ready.

It was at FG at 8 days when I racked it and and it tasted pretty good, just a little watery...

I guess I'm wondering if it will improve if I keep it in the secondary for 3 weeks vs 2?

The kit said to keep it in the secondary for 2-3 weeks...
I don't personally think so on an EPA but I have only been doing this about 3 months. If you had it in the primary 8 days and 2 weeks in the secondary you are looking at just over 3 weeks total and I have bottled all of mine in the 2.5-3 week range but I only use a primary. But the other side is it probably won't hurt to be in another week
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